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An Interview with a “Nomad”
By Nicole Sills, Grade 9

Have you ever met anyone that travels around the world with her family?  I had the pleasure of interviewing FLVS student Nayah Boucaud, who does just that.

Q: Where are you located?
A: I live in Miami, Florida. Right now, I am "located" in Malaysia, Asia. I travel a lot. I have been to many places. Since the age of seven, I have lived (temporarily) in 4 different countries and visited several others.

Q: What is it like there?
A: It is very nice here. The people are friendly and there are many vegetarian holidays. (I put that in because I am vegan.) I have been to many places in Asia. South Korea would have to be the best. My mom is an IT (International Teacher) so we have been many places.

Q:  What kind of activities are there to do?  Do you play sports?
A:  There are many activities to do.  It is tropical, so we snorkel, swim, and stuff like that. There are malls, too, and hiking. We climb mountains all the time!  We live kinda far from the beach right now, but soon we are going to visit Thailand, and they have better beaches.

Q:  How many languages do you speak?
A:  I speak a little of everything. Spanish, Korean, English.  You pick it up wherever you go. I speak French and Chinese, too, but, as I said, a little bit.

Q: How do you maintain friends if you travel so much?
A: I have friends all over the world. I maintain some through Facebook, but before Facebook, it was through emails or phone. I also do swimming, cooking, dancing, and then our virtual newspaper, NIAC. Finding friends is hard with the whole language thing, but it is great to travel. I would not change it for the world... Well, I guess it is the world.

Q: What is your life like as being a “nomad”?
A: I love traveling. I really would not have it another way. I actually get sick if I don't travel. I just have become so a part of the world, in my opinion. I love being with my friends in Florida, but it is just so amazing to travel. Sometimes, you really have to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. That is what I do! It has really become my lifestyle, though, because my family and I have planned our next trip and the trip after that. We have unimaginable goals. We are a team and traveling is what we do. I love sharing my experiences with others because not all can do what we do. It is important to know more than Miami, or Florida, or even the United States. People outside of USA say it is awesome and it is really nice, but for a person who has been to America, there are so many other things to see. (I can talk for ages!) So that is why I love to travel. That is why I am considered a nomad, and speak all the languages, and all these things. It is sometimes challenging, but if you want to go, make sure you are not afraid of heights and soar! There are a lot of things in the world to see, and hard work can bring those wonderful experiences to you. I have done it, and I know you can do it too!

Q: What are your hobbies since you travel?
A: I have lots of hobbies I always had, and then I have hobbies I pick up while travelling. I never loved hiking or climbing, but now I do. I always loved cooking, and swimming, and soccer (when my dad does not work us to death in sports). I love to write and help people. I have been cooking since I was 3. So, I like to try new things, and I pick up hobbies along the way. I really love to learn new things, like science and math, and I love English! I am a workaholic. I really like to do school work.

Q: How do you do your oral exams and monthly calls with your FLVS teachers, when you are away?
A: I do these things by planning a special time to speak with them. My teachers know this special time and call me then if they want me. We use a lot of emails, but never SMS or chat unless it is an emergency. But that special time is always there for me and my teachers so I know I can contact them and they can contact me at that time.

I'm so pleased I had the opportunity to interview Nayah, and I thank her for her time.

Courtland
7/24/2011 12:23:58 am

I throughly enjoyed this interview! It was an interesting perspective. Almost makes glad I'm not a "nomad."

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